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Smart Storage Solutions: DIY Dowel Rack

It’s hard to come by storage solutions that are super-functional, streamlined, and also easy on the eyes. But this handmade wall-mounted system -- created with painted dowels and inexpensive brass hardware -- meets all those requirements. In the kitchen, it keeps towels, pot lids, and go-to utensils within reach (and provides a striking display).

Photography by: Aaron Dyer
Use a loop of leather cord to hang utensils on S hooks.

Depending on how you plan to use each bar, choose either a hardwood or a steel dowel (steel is stronger, so better for heavy objects), 5/8 inch in diameter.


Cut dowel to desired length with a saw (ours are 24 inches).


Paint dowel. Let dry.


Screw one bracket into place on wall (use plastic wall anchors, if needed). Place rod into first bracket, then into second. Glue each end to secure. Screw second bracket to wall. Hang items on dowels.


Hardwood dowel, 5/8-inch-by-48-inches, $2.50,
Plain steel cold-rolled round dowel, by Everbuilt, 5/8-inch-by-36-inches, $11,
Multisurface satin craft paint, by Martha Stewart Crafts, $2 for 2 oz.,
Gooseneck brackets, 2 inches, $3.25 for 2,